Arrow-leaved Balsamroot is one of Montana's showiest sunflower cousins. If from a distance you see a south-facing hillside awash in yellow, that's Arrow-leaved Balsamroot.
You can read all about the sunflower family here on my natural history website, Wild & Free Montana.
Kinnikinnick is one of the many native plants that was pressed and lugged back to "civilization" as a scientific specimen by those early Montana tourists, Lewis and Clark. Each tiny, pink blossom is only about 1/4" in size.
You can read all about kinnikinnick here over on my natural history website, Wild & Free Montana.
Yellow pond lily pads grow slowly towards the light of early summer. Almost half of the pads start out red when growing towards the lake surface. Yellow flowers reach for the sky on separate stems.